"Ghetto" is the second single from Senegalese West African singer/songwriter Akon's debut studio album, Trouble. The single was released on December 21, 2004, exclusively in Latin America and certain countries of Europe. The single peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100. Akon describes the song's lyrics as "a description of the cycle of poverty experienced by those living in poor, inner-city areas. Additionally, it describes the physical and psychological oppression with which these residents must deal on a regular basis." The video for the track was filmed in New Jersey.
Four official versions of the song exist. The main album version is sung entirely by Akon, and features on all versions of the album. The second version is entitled the "International Remix", features an additional rap verse from Ali B & Yes R, and is listed as the main version of the track on the most prominent single formats. The third version is entitled the "US Remix", and features additional vocals from 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. This version only features on the promotional version of the song. The fourth version is entitled the "Reggaeton Remix", and features vocals from Ali B, Yes R and Tego Calderon. The song is not available on the iTunes version of the Trouble album. There is also a Spanish version of this song, called "Pueblo libre" by MC Piri. Videos for the International Remix and Reggaeton Remix exist, and both appear on the main single format. This song Ghetto by Akon is covered from the original Ghetto song of Alborosie.